How to Look Polished at Work!

The days of COVID are behind us, and professionals are starting to dress up again. Here are some tips from your Indiana Wardrobe Stylist to make your wardrobe the best ever.

Your Indiana Wardrobe Stylist Suggestions on Work Attire

Invest in Quality Basics: Encourage your audience to invest in high-quality foundational pieces like tailored suits, crisp button-down shirts, and well-fitted trousers or skirts. These timeless pieces form the backbone of a professional wardrobe.

  1. Beth Divine Specializes in Men's Styling ConsultingTailoring is Key: Emphasize the importance of tailoring. Even the most expensive suit can look sloppy if it doesn’t fit properly. As an Indiana Wardrobe Stylist, I suggest finding a good tailor to ensure their clothes fit impeccably.
  2. Accessorize Thoughtfully: Accessories can elevate an outfit from ordinary to exceptional. Recommend adding classic accessories like a quality watch, leather belt, or statement jewelry to add personality and polish to their look.
  3. Choose Versatile Pieces: Encourage your audience to invest in versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits. This maximizes their wardrobe and ensures they always have something appropriate to wear for any occasion.
  4. Pay Attention to Grooming: Personal style isn’t just about clothing—it also encompasses grooming. Encourage both men and women to maintain a well-groomed appearance, including regular haircuts, manicured nails, and skincare.
  5. Embrace Timeless Styles: Trends come and go, but timeless styles endure. You can encourage your audience to focus on classic silhouettes and neutral colors that will never go out of fashion.
  6. Confidence is Key: Remind your audience that confidence is the most important accessory they can wear. Please encourage them to own their style choices and carry themselves with poise and self-assurance.

If you have a more relaxed dress code at work:

Business casual with jeans can strike a perfect balance between professionalism and comfort. Here’s how to pull off a polished business casual look incorporating jeans:

  1. Dark Wash Jeans: Opt for dark wash jeans with a clean, uniform color. Dark denim looks more polished and can easily be dressed up for a professional setting.
  2. Tailored Fit: Ensure the jeans fit well and have a tailored silhouette. Avoid overly baggy or distressed styles, as they can look too casual for the workplace.
  3. Pair with a Blazer: Elevate your jeans by pairing them with a tailored blazer. Choose a structured blazer in a neutral color like navy, black, or gray to add a touch of sophistication to your outfit.
  4. Button-Down Shirt or Blouse: Tuck a crisp button-down shirt or blouse into your jeans for a polished look. Choose classic colors like white, light blue, or subtle patterns for a professional vibe.
  5. Smart Shoes: Complete your outfit with smart footwear such as loafers, oxfords, or ankle boots. Avoid overly casual shoes like sneakers or flip-flops, as they can detract from the professional appearance.
  6. Minimal Accessories: Keep accessories minimal and understated to maintain a professional look. A simple watch, delicate jewelry, and a structured handbag or briefcase can add polish without overwhelming the outfit.
  7. Layer with a Sweater or Cardigan: During colder months, layer a tailored sweater or cardigan over your button-down shirt for added warmth and style. Stick to neutral colors and classic patterns for a timeless look.
  8. Pay Attention to Grooming: Ensure you’re well-groomed from head to toe. Style your hair neatly, maintain a clean-shaven or well-groomed beard, and pay attention to personal hygiene.

Remember, the key to pulling off jeans in a business casual setting is to balance them with more structured and polished pieces. By following these tips, you can achieve a professional yet stylish look that’s suitable for the workplace.

If you’d like some advice from a professional stylist, reach out to Beth Divine Style to learn more!

Keep it sassy, Indy.

Beth Divine, MA, AICI-CIC,
Personal Image Consultant and Indiana Wardrobe Stylist